A Little Look at the Wildcards for GBBB 2018

If you thought last year’s wildcards were insane, this year’s has a whole new batch of insane. With 11 wildcards this year, there are sure to be upsets all throughout GBBB 2018. The wildcard winners for this year are:

  1. Show-Go
  2. Codfish
  3. Bigman
  4. D-Low
  5. Two.H
  6. H-Has
  7. Rythmind
  8. Chris Celiz
  9. Helium
  10. Piratheeban
  11. Ish

There are a lot of big names on this list, some are newcomers for their on the international scene and others are veterans making another appearance to hopefully take the title. Let’s run them down.

SHOW-GO:

This wildcard is definitely the best out of them all, hands down. His biggest strength is how well he uses double voice so it sounds musical. It’s one of the harder sounds to make sound really good musically but Show-go makes it work and it’s beautiful.

CODFISH:

Not enough people give shoutouts in their wildcards and Codfish found a wonderful to do it. Coming up with a new routine, Old Mate Firebender, combining it with his one of his best routines, Sail With Me, this is just one of the best ones I’ve heard. The shoutout is incorporated into the routine itself which is really smart. It’s really structured like a song where he has three verses and a beat that changes over the course of the song. This is definitely my favourite wildcard out of the bunch.

BIGMAN:

This guy is probably the most well-known beatboxer on this list because of his appearance on Ellen. Props to him for that. Coming up with a new routine, “I don’t love you,” I’m starting to sense a pattern here. Falling Love, Get Tired Of My Love, I Don’t Love You. I feel like an album is coming out based on the theme of love. Back to the point, THIS MAN IS A MUSICAL GENIUS. One of the reasons he’s so well-known is because musicality has taken over and if you don’t have musicality in your routines, you don’t make it in. He’s so musical to the point that it becomes technicality when you try to cover his routines. He also has a great singing voice to go along with it. He doesn’t appear to have that killer battle instinct which might hurt him but I would love to see him go all the way.

D-LOW:

D-low’s routines are a work of art. He always brings something new to the table. This really musical wildcard is an example of that. This is unlike anything we’ve seen D-low do before. He’s starting to go more away from liprolls and technicality but makes up for it in other areas and his uniqueness. There’s that sort of perfect style that one looks for over time and he’s slowly reaching it and perfecting it. He has that killer instinct to want to win and I want to see that from him.

TWO.H:

Two.H. GBBB finalist. Whenever Two.H comes out with a new routine or wildcard, he always brings something new to the table. His signature demon bass is something that I’d love to see more of. It’s so unique to him, it defines him and a lot of his routines and has potential to make the crowd go crazy. I want to see the Two.H from 3 years ago come back and go all the way.

H-HAS:

This guy, in my opinion, is like Hiss 2.0. He has that mix of technicality and musicality that works so well. He uses less technicality than Hiss but the drop in this wildcard with the bird sound tells me that he has a lot of potential left. This sort of style works so well because it’s enjoyable to listen to even if it’s put together like a freestyle. I think he’s going to be a sleeper in this competition.

RYTHMIND:

From the get-go of this wildcard, it has a really Reeps One sort of vibe with the different kinds of percussion he uses. This is soon seen to be changed as a cover of GDFR can be heard. It’s put in a really cool way though. There’s one massive flaw with this wildcard and that’s the lack of structure. The drop isn’t very noticeable because he doesn’t really build it. I do understand that Rythmind is more of a looper and a member of Berywam, one of the top beatboxing groups in the world, but this is something he really needs to develop in order to do well in the solos.

CHRIS CELIZ:

Out of all the wildcards submitted, this is probably the one that has received the most hate and I can see why. Even Chris himself said that he was surprised that he even got in. I think the hate really comes from the fact that the other wildcards were more technical and upbeat than this one. Whatever the reason is, Chris got in and he’s thankful for it. In terms of pure musicality, this one takes it as it’s not only a cover but also stays true to the song. By this, I mean that the cover still sounds like the song and not like a remix which can be heard from other beatboxers. Not much technicality can be heard and I don’t expect him to go far given his previous success at GBBB but I do expect his elimination round to be pretty entertaining.

HELIUM:

Helium has gone further and further away from his roots that made him famous, the zipper. He’s still known for using the zipper in ways that no one would expect but he’s starting to use them less and less and this is actually a good thing. This allows Helium to focus on other areas. His routines are more musical and technical. I was really surprised to hear him use double voice but it seems like he keeps up with the trends. I don’t really find him using a lot of prepared routines because he seems to be more of a freestyler which works fine for his style but if he brings a few routines with him, he could go really far.

PIRATHEEBAN:

One of the cleaner beatboxers in the competition, Piratheeban covers everything this routine. I would compare him this routine to Ball-Zee because of how clean and technical he is. He’s also very musical with this routine. I don’t find much wrong with this routine aside from a slight problem in the structure where he doesn’t build the drop *enough* but it’s noticeable and he’s a champion so I think he can get it done.

ISH:

Last time I heard from Ish was his wildcard for GNB earlier this year. He has improved a lot since then and it shows. He has more of that killer mentality where he wants to do well and try hard. I remember he lacked a lot of that confidence from last time and I love seeing that he’s finally got that confidence. He’s also built up the techniques and developed his style a lot more. Another good sleeper pick for GBBB and I’m really glad he got chosen as the people’s pick.

I do want to give a mention to other beatboxers that I thought could have made the list but didn’t. They include the following:

  • B-Art
  • Wing
  • Zekka
  • Elisii
  • FootboxG
  • Cosmin
  • MR MIC
  • Kevin O’Neal
  • MIXFX
  • Neolizer

I probably missed someone where there were so many stacked wildcards this year that I could understand the judges having difficulty choosing. Who do you think can make it all the way? Who do you think got left out? Leave your responses in the comments.

Other than that, thanks for reading.

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Why KRNFX Won Against D-low

If you look in the comments of KRNFX vs. D-low at the World Beatbox Championships 2015, you would find a lot of comments that said that D-low should have won the battle. Some people even go as far as saying that D-low should have made it to the finals. While some people do make good arguments, it doesn’t help justify D-low’s case for winning the battle and I would like to blow this entire argument out of the water. This is why KRNFX won vs. D-low.

To start this off, we need to review the five things that make a routine good. This is very important for this argument. The five things are;

  1. Musicality
  2. Technicality
  3. Originality
  4. Flow
  5. Structure

Just running down the list, KRNFX wins in all of those categories except for maybe technicality and originality. KRNFX is a musicality beatboxer as seen in this battle. He has good flow. D-low also had really inconsistent flow this battle in both rounds. He’s pretty original but D-low is more of an innovator. Structure is just taken over by KRNFX. This is something I’m going to cover in the next part. Technicality is closer than a lot of people think as KRNFX is clean with his beats but D-low’s patterns are more complex. People just look at the complexity of his beats and assume that he’s better but there’s more to technicality then just being complex and fast. I’m might write about what technicality is in the future but it’s a combination of being clean, fast, and complex with your beats.

Now that we have those five things listed down, let’s take a look at some of the comments of the video and see what they had to say about D-low not winning. I have covered the names and profile pictures for respect of privacy.

comments 1

Well the battle is a lot closer than you think it is sir. Also, you have no argument for D-low so “obviously”, your argument is invalid.

comments 2

You’re saying D-low physically hurt KRNFX… Wrong kind of battle buddy. I wasn’t even sure of the definition of brutality until I searched it up. If you’re talking about brutality as to how badly he won the battle, SPOILER ALERT, he didn’t win.

comments 3

I got your back HeAt. Former Canadian Champ knows what he’s talking about. Turns out, his prediction would be right.

In case you’re thinking I’m cherry picking comments from longer than one year ago, take a look at this. comments 4

You’d be also mistaken like the first guy.

The problem with D-low’s rounds in this particular battle is the lack of structure. I went over structure a lot in my post on Why Jigsaw Is One Of The Best Beatboxing Routines. I cover a lot on structure of a routine in that post. One of the main things in a routine is the drop. It’s what people remember the most out of a routine. While it’s not a routine, it still applies to battles. The problem with D-low’s rounds is that there is no drop. There’s not even a build-up that can be heard. The build-up sets up the drop because it gets everyone hyped. D-low barely used any build-ups or drops in his rounds. You also have to avoid doing too many drops as it gets boring. The sounds you use to build up the drop are also important as you can’t switch very suddenly like going from BTKs to lip rolls. (Thank you to xFlawz for that one).

A bunch of cool beats does not beat out a planned out battle. The types of sounds you use are also not what determines your win. It’s everything combined and that’s why KRNFX won. It’s because he did everything as a whole better. he was more musical, more structured, had better flow, and was cleaner.

So the next time you think someone should have one a particular battle, think more deeply into the rounds as a whole. You might be finding yourself on the other person’s side.

Other than that, keep beatboxing and thanks for reading.

Tips for Hosting Beatboxing Events

I have been an event host on DUBCORD for about week now and I’ve run a few beatboxing events like open mics and 7 To Smokes in the past. Using this experience, I would like to share with you, my tips to hosting events and how I make them fun and efficient.

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Source: http://www.whatsonbyron.com/event/open-mic-28/

TIP 1:

Signups. Have a plan and a way to sign up for any event. I typically like to do it through Discord and people ping me for them to sign up but other unconventional methods such as Google Forms can be used as long as everyone sees it.

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Source: https://caretocreate.com/tag/sign-ups/

TIP 2:

Have a stopwatch. A stopwatch is almost mandatory for most events excluding open mics. A phone stopwatch works just as fine. As long as you have something that can show the time very precisely, you should be fine.

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Source: http://stopwatch.onlineclock.net/

TIP 3:

Make the rules clear. Make sure you state the rules to people who don’t know them already. Nobody wants to see someone sitting out just because they didn’t know the rules so make sure everyone knows the rules so that none of the rules are broken and that more people can participate and be happy.

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Source: https://www.percona.com/blog/2017/04/10/proxysql-rules-do-i-have-too-many/

TIP 4:

Show some personality. Be supportive of who’s participating whether it’s a first-timer wanting to get a new experience or a seasoned veteran. Whatever the case is, make everyone feel happy. Encourage them to try even harder the next time you host.

TIP 5:

In order to bring more people to your events, don’t host daily but don’t host once a month. People will get tired from all the pings that you use and will hate you for that. That got me demoted in another server that wasn’t for beatboxing. Some person got really annoyed and got me demoted (I still hate him to this day). You really have to find a sweet spot on how often you host. Once every 2 weeks sounds reasonable but then again, there are some people who get annoyed from 2 pings in 1 day (referring to the kid who got me demoted).

TIP 6:

Alert people that you’re hosting. This is what pinging is for. You ping them so they see the notification and they want to join so they join. It’s that simple. This is also a good time for tip 7.

TIP 7:

Add your own twist to your events. One rule that I’ve always wanted to try out but never tried yet is the ability for the first place person out of eliminations to make the bracket instead of the traditional 1-8, 4-5, 3-6, 2-7. Let them know during tip 6 that you’re adding this twist and if a lot of people don’t want it, don’t use it. If any people ask if they can spectate, give them an answer. Don’t leave them hanging cause that’s not nice.

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Source: http://gmydrunks.com/2016/03/29/32816-bracket/

Those are all my tips for this post. The more experience I get, the more I will share with all of you. Other than that, thank you for reading and best of luck to all of you hosting.

Why Jigsaw is One of the Best Beatboxing Routines

In 2015, Gene Shinozaki secured his place in the Grand Beatbox Battle 2015 with his wildcard routine called Jigsaw. This not only secured his place in the tournament but he won the whole thing. It’s regarded as one of the best routines to date and many people who I show it to say it’s the best routine they have heard. But why is it so popular not only among beatboxers but also people who don’t beatbox?

Before I start the breakdown of this monster of a routine, we need to understand the structure of a routine.

The parts go in this very rough order:

Buildup: sets the mood for the routine

Verse: acts like a verse in a song where it’s a melody that people remember

Pre-drop: prepares audience for the drop incoming

Drop: an area of the routine that gets people on their feet with something such as a signature sound

Hook: another area similar to the drop but the part is changed up with things like better technicality or musicality

End-off: how the routine ends off

The first part is the buildup. Gene uses a synth sound combined with his humming to set the tone. This is really musical and sets the tone for a good music filled routine. People who are not into beatboxing like this more than something like lip rolls or inward bass because it’s more relatable and likeable for them than the sounds that beatboxers use.

The second part is the verse. Gene likes to use a lot of composer elements in his routines and he shows it off here with his insane musicality during the verse. He also likes to sing in his routines which are nothing new but the lyrics mean a lot and for non-beatboxers, this really catches on for them. The lyrics make a lot of sense. Gene is a jigsaw puzzle piece trying to fit into the puzzle or like a person trying to fit into the world.

The third part is the pre-drop. It’s the area before the drop and lets the audience know that the drop is coming. People like to use lyrics sometimes with some sort of drop joke such as, “drop it” or something like that but Gene, once again, does something different and uses a good buildup through his sounds and musicality. You start to see a trend with the amount of musicality that he uses in this routine which makes it enjoyable to listen to.

The fourth part is the drop, the most memorable part of any routine. Gene is referred to as “The Godfather of Clicks” and it’s easy to see why. This click drop is done of the best drops I have heard combined with the cough snares in between the clicks every third beat. This drop is compared to EDM songs such as Animals by Martin Garrix due to the clicks (Gene has done a cover of Animals as well). The drop is really well executed and sounds really good as well.

The fifth part is the hook. It ties back to the drop and this time, he adds a bunch of pops with the clicks. It sounds really technical. He has the musicality and the technicality to blow anyone away as long as they aren’t a hater of his or a hater of beatboxing. The technicality he adds showcases every part of a good routine but it needs to end well. That’s where the end-off comes in.

And we reach the end-off as the last part. The end-off is a tad bit rough but people don’t really notice it. The end-off touches back on the verse with the same humming he uses in the buildup without the synth. The end-off ties the whole routine together.

Gene does an exceptional job of showcasing all the elements of a good routine. He has structure, flow, musicality, technicality and originality. It’s no wonder why he won the whole tournament. With a great performance like this, who knows what the next great routine will be.

This has been my breakdown of Jigsaw by Gene Shinozaki. Other than that, thank you for reading.

My Predictions For The GNB 2017

With GNB 2017 Submissions already in, I wanted to try to and make predictions for the solo submissions on who might place on top and who is left at the bottom. I listened to the auditions from top to bottom from the playlist so there may a bit of bias. From top to bottom, these are my predictions from best to worst in my opinion. At the end, I will make a prediction on who I will win the whole thing.

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Source: https://www.humanbeatbox.com/events/2017-great-north-battle-north-america/

Beaty

Bass

Sparx

BBK

Ownerbeatz

PZ

Insane

Beatspawn

Moirai

Rubik

Ish

Karloz

Dalax

Panke

UnStyLD

Ginger Beats

Spectrax

T Sweigs

Veko

Cream

K XzBeat

Flosz

Dion

Versuker

BaileyBox

Improper

Fury

Jordan Nyce

AJay

Tanner

BeeLee

DB Beats

Now it’s time for my prediction. I think that the winner of the solos for GNB 2017 is going to be Bass. He’s a young gun that has way farther to go. He lacks a lot of musicality but the technicality is all there. I believe he is the next Alem. You can hear parts of Alem’s beats in Bass’ beats and that’s why I think he will win GNB 2017.

My personal favourite beatboxer out of those listed is Beatspawn. He’s really unique in the sounds that he uses. He used the crab scratch in his audition which is surprising since it’s a sound way past its time. He lacks flow in some parts of his audition but his uniqueness makes up for it. I don’t think he’ll win but I think he’ll make a good run at GNB.

I only evaluated the auditions that were in that playlist which the link to is down below.

Link to playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL3Lnu9-Ubs3Srqla9FEbgk9ifAfusu3jG

Once the brackets get made, I’ll make an updated post off of this one on who I think will win, top 4 for solos, winner for teams and winner for loop-station.

Other than that, thank you for reading.

How I Judge a Beatbox Battle

Many different people who are judging a beatbox battle have many different things that they judge. Sometimes, it’s way too much so in this blog, I would like to tell you about how I judge a battle.

My first criteria for a battle is a solid flow. A solid flow is just a beatboxer staying in tempo and following the beat. For the most part, beatboxing is done in 4/4 time in music so the beat is 1, 2, 3, 4. If they can put something on the on-beat aka one of the numbers at a certain tempo like 120, then they have a solid flow. This is one of the most basic things that beatboxers should be able to nail down since they basically become a metronome.

My second criteria is a variation of sounds. Confession. I have a very small sound pool. I’m trying to improve it but I have a really small sound pool. If you have a lot of sounds in your arsenal, you can last a battle and make a routine. Having a variation of sounds used in a battle is important because it keeps people interested. They like variation so having different types of sounds like bass and snares offer a good performance.

My third criteria are their specialty. There are several kinds of beatboxers out there and this is dependent on their style. I’ll name a few styles and beatboxers that come to mind with those styles.

Musicality: krNfx

Technicality: Alem

Bass heavy: MTS

Uniqueness: D-Low

Clean beats: Ball-Zee

Masters of a certain sound: NaPoM

It’s not about what style that is chosen but rather, how they execute the style. I personally try to have a bit of all the styles listed above to add some uniqueness to my own style.

My last piece of criteria is how enjoyable it was to listen to. If it’s not nice to listen to, it gets a bad mark. It’s mainly about how others like the performance. There’s a reason that bigger beatboxers on YouTube don’t use more complex sounds. It’s because the general public doesn’t like it. Other beatboxers do but not everyone is a beatboxer so using easier and more identifiable sounds.

And that is how I judge a battle. Flow, variation, style/execution and enjoyability. This may or may not set a guideline for newer judgers but this just how I judge and in no way is the way everyone has.

Other than that, thank you for reading.